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WASHINGTON – Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, whose country hosts the U.S. Central Command, has warned the United States against launching any attack on Iran from his country, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Even though led by a Sunni Arab monarch allied with Sunni Saudi Arabia, Qatar also has close security and economic cooperation with Iran. Part of the reason is the large Iranian community in Qatar.
“We will not accept, and this is very clear, any act of aggression against Iran being launched from Qatar,” al-Thani said. “The Iranians and the Americans know that Qatar rejects any military action against Iran.”
Yet, the U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, is responsible for U.S. military operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
CENTCOM has overseen U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has bases in the Persian Gulf states which include Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to Qatar – in effect, all of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
Iran said that it has identified some 32 U.S. military bases in the Middle East that it would target for a counterattack should either the United States or Israel bomb its nuclear facilities. Those U.S. assets would be located in the GCC countries.
Iranian military ships have been known to dock at Doha and, according to recently leaked Wikileaks documents, al-Thani in a visit to Tehran last year sought to encourage the Iranian leadership to distance itself from Syria.
There even are indications from informed sources that the Qataris sought to get Iranian diplomats to meet with European members of the Syrian opposition. None of these efforts has had any effect on the close relationship between Iran and Syria.
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